Water lily

Nymphaea 'Pygmaea Helvola'

Water lily - Nymphaea  'Pygmaea Helvola'

Common Name: Water lily
Genus: Nymphaea
Cultivar: 'Pygmaea Helvola'

Category: Aquatic & Bog Garden Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.05 m (5 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.40 m (40 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to September

Small slightly fragrant star-shaped pale yellow flowers up to 7cm (3in) across from June to September. This award-winning pygmy water lily will happily grow in as little as 15cm (6in) of water and are perfect candidates for a small pond or tub in a sheltered sunny site. The shade cast by the foliage also helps check the spread of algae.

  • Garden care: Plant firmly in a hessian-lined aquatic planting basket filled with aquatic compost. Apply a 2.5cm (1in) top-dressing of pea shingle or gravel to prevent the top layer of the planting medium from clouding the water. The crown of the plant should protrude slightly above the surface of the planting basket.

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